Im­mi­gra­tion told to re­con­sider gay Rus­sian’s asy­lum re­quest

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SAN FRAN­CISCO | A fed­eral ap­peals court has or­dered im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials to re­view their de­ci­sion not to grant asy­lum to a gay man who said he was attacked for his sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion in 2002 and 2003 in his na­tive Rus­sia and feared he would be per­se­cuted if forced to re­turn there.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice’s Board of Im­mi­gra­tion Ap­peals was wrong when it con­cluded that the man had failed to show that gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in Rus­sia were ei­ther un­will­ing or un­able to con­trol his at­tack­ers, the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals ruled on Wed­nes­day.

The man was only iden­ti­fied as “John Doe” in the opin­ion.

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